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dr. E. (Edan) Lerner

  • Faculty of Science
  • Visiting address
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  94485
    1090 GL  Amsterdam

The propagation of a crack across a car's windshield, or the motion of sand under a footstep on the beach, are both everyday examples that highlight the intriguing flow patterns exhibited by disordered materials when subjected to external forcing. Despite their wide prevalence, much is unknown about the physical mechanisms that govern flow in these highly non-linear, out-of-equilibrium systems. In my research, I employ both theory and computer simulations, with the goal of understanding what determines the underlying microscopic structures made by the constituent particles of various materials -- whether they are molecules, grains, fibers or bubbles -- and how these structures affect the way these materials flow.


  • Lerner, E., & Bouchbinder, E. (2017). Effect of instantaneous and continuous quenches on the density of vibrational modes in model glasses. Physical Review E, 96(2), [020104]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.020104 
  • Zylberg, J., Lerner, E., Bar-Sinai, Y., Bouchbinder, E., & Langer, J. S. (2017). Local thermal energy as a structural indicator in glasses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(28), 7289-7294. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1704403114 
  • Kooij, S., & Lerner, E. (2017). Unjamming in models with analytic pairwise potentials. Physical Review E, 95(6), [062141]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.95.062141 


  • Lerner, E., & Gartner, L. (2016). Nonlinear modes disentangle glassy and Goldstone modes in structural glasses. SciPost Physics, 1(16). DOI: 10.21468/SciPostPhys.1.2.016 
  • Gartner, L., & Lerner, E. (2016). Nonlinear plastic modes in disordered solids. Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 93(1). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.93.011001 
  • Lerner, E. (2016). Micromechanics of nonlinear plastic modes. Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 93(5). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.93.053004 
  • Lerner, E., Düring, G., & Bouchbinder, E. (2016). Statistics and Properties of Low-Frequency Vibrational Modes in Structural Glasses. Physical Review Letters, 117(3). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.035501 
  • Düring, G., Lerner, E., & Wyart, M. (2016). Effect of particle collisions in dense suspension flows. Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 94(2). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.94.022601 
  • Gendelman, O., Lerner, E., Pollack, Y. G., Procaccia, I., Rainone, C., & Riechers, B. (2016). Emergent interparticle interactions in thermal amorphous solids. Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 94(5). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.94.051001 




  • Lerner, E. (2017). Comment on “Spatial structure of states of self stress in jammed systems” by D. M. Sussman, C. P. Goodrich, and A. J. Liu, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 3982. Soft Matter, 13(8), 1530-1531. DOI: 10.1039/c6sm01111j 
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